The Unification Movement is made up of individuals and families throughout the world, a community of faith for whom the teaching and example of Sun Myung Moon and his family hold a special place.
The Unification Movement is a movement to encourage spiritual maturity in the individual and to promote the value of the extended family - exercising our God-given potential and thereby enabling society to function well.
The purpose of the Unification Movement’s combined efforts is to foster a ‘culture of heart’ where all people can live together peaceably, consigning the barriers of race, religion, culture and nationality to the history books. Now is the time for us to live in harmony with each other and with the natural world. The Movement is based on the teachings of the Divine Principle.
In the pioneering days of the Movement, especially the 1970s and 80s, many idealistic young adults felt called to work as full-time missionaries and as a result it could expand very rapidly. The Movement called itself the Unification Church during this first forty years of its worldwide development. As those same people established families and took up regular jobs, the Movement also moved into a new phase. The Family Federation was founded in 1996 to develop the next stage of the founder’s plan to promote the family as the key to establishing world peace and to embrace people of all faiths so that we can work together. You’ll notice that from the time the word ‘church’ no longer appears in the title.
Many Unificationists get involved in their local community in some way, supporting existing charities and initiatives or developing their own projects. They are particularly involved in inter-faith work. Some run organisations that were initiated by Dr Moon such as the Universal Peace Federation, or they may work as local pastors or run youth programmes.
Whatever they are doing, Unificationists try to live a spiritual life, praying and studying the scriptures together in their families. They meet together for Sunday service and fellowship once a week and also see great value in attending other people’s worship services too. They try to live a ‘principled’ life and find meaning in whatever career or profession they follow. Whatever they find themselves doing, they try to be of service to others and to bring God’s heart into what they do.